Bill Murray, Harold Ramis Feud Started On The 'Groundhog Day' Set, Lasted Over 20 Years
Bill Murray notably gave a shout out during the 2014 Oscars earlier this week to Harold Ramis, with whom he starred with in a number of films. Yet, up until shortly before Ramis' recent illness and death, Murray and Ramis hadn’t spoken for years.
“We forgot one,” said Murray, after he and actress Amy Adams had read out the nominees for Best Cinematography. “Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.”
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis Feud
While filming Groundhog Day in 1993, Murray and Ramis got into a dispute that would see them cut each other out of their respective lives for years. According to Ramis, Murray had been nearly impossible to work with during the film, which was shot in the midst of the actor’s marriage troubles with Margaret Kelly.
"At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set," Ramis told the New Yorker in 2004. "What I'd want to say to him is just what we tell our children: 'You don't have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want.'"
“There are so many pride issues about reaching out,” Ramis had added. “Bill would give you his kidney if you needed it, but he wouldn’t necessarily return your phones calls."
After Ramis was diagnosed with inflammatory vasculitis, a diagnosis eventually deemed fatal, Murray paid his dying former pal a visit, according to the Chicago Tribune. The reconciliation clearly carried over into Murray’s heartfelt remembrance of him during the Oscars.
– Chelsea Regan